State announces first vaping death in MI

Connecticut reports first death from vaping-related illness

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A man's death on Wednesday is the first blamed directly on vaping in MI, according to state health officials. That count does not include the MI death, according to MDHHS.

"We are saddened to announce a death associated with this outbreak", Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health for MDHHS, said. "To help with this investigation, we are reminding health care providers to report patients that may have this condition to their local health department". No other details were released.

Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 1,080 cases of lung injuries linked to vaping in 48 states and one US territory as of October 1. The cases have been in the Lower Peninsula and most people have been hospitalized for respiratory illnesses. The age range of the cases is 16-67.

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As of Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 1,080 cases in 48 states and one territory. There have been 18 deaths in 15 states, which doesn't include deaths reported since then.

MDHHS is working closely with the CDC and the federal Food and Drug Administration to get additional information that can help identify the ingredients in the vape materials that is making people sick.

According to the CDC, about 75 percent of the cases are linked with vaped with marijuana products in combination with nicotine.

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Now, doctors are sounding the alarm as it appears lung injury cases associated with e-cigarette products continues to rise, even here in Canada, where health authorities are investigating two reported instances.

The department urged vaping users who experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, cough, fever and/or nausea and vomiting to immediately seek medical attention.

- Youth, young adults and pregnant women should avoid vaping and e-cigarettes.

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Adults who are vaping should not smoke combustible cigarettes as a replacement for nicotine. E-cigarettes are not FDA approved as a smoking cessation device.

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